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between the big two and other providers and, of course, that ultimately hurts consumers if their competitive options are limited and if they don't have as many options as they might especially for truly high-end plans for the most popular devices. if they're funneled into one provider or another that keep competitors out of that picture. >> host: we want to hear from chris guttman-mccabe, also, of the wireless industry. what's your cob collusion about the -- conclusion about the wireless industry itself? >> guest: so not surprisingly i disagree with matt. i think by any measure it's an effectively competitive industry. i think if you look at the number of options that consumers have, i think that the report says that 90% of americans have access to five or more facilities-based competitors. that doesn't take into consideration the numerous resellers that are out there. i think if you look at whether it's the price per minute or the average bill, the average bill is half of what it was in 1987, you know, around the beginning of the industry. and if you think what is being
rural areas and other high cost for low income and schools and libraries. it's just a big umbrella. i've been pushing for reform for five years. i've come close to resolving many issues on universal service in a related area called carrier compensation. which is phone companies exchanging money for terminating traffic on each other's network. we had two republicans on board for many reforms, including myself and commissioner copps. i think there's a lot of room for bipartisan agreement. i get concerned when i see dates continue to slip away. my concern is that we might get two new commissioners on the commission this fall. republican and democrat. i'd like to see us get an order done before that happens. because that could be used as an excuse for further day, then we are slipping into an selection year, there's going to be perhaps more pressure from congress. we've been charted by congress, a section called 284 to get it done. it's been 14 years or so since the commission has really put out a comprehensive order on this. what we are looking at is the distribution side of the universa
to low income, schools and libraries, this big umbrella. and i've been pushing for reform for many years now. i've been on the commission for over five years. came very close to resolving many thorny issues on universal service and related areas called intercarrier compensation which is phone companies changing money, exchanging money for determining traffic to a network. became very close with republicans and democrats on board for many reforms. including myself and the commissioner. so i think there's a lot of room for bipartisan agreement. i get concerned when i see dates continue to slip away. i saw it in '08 for instance, and my concern is that we might get two new commissioners on the commission this fall, republican and a democratic i'd like to see it get in order done before that happens, because that could be used as an excuse for further delay, going into an election year, more pressure from congress, we are an independent agency so we are chartered by congress. to get this done. it's been what, 14 years or so since the commission has really put out a comprehensive order. so wh
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